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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY A CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND TO THE CLAREMONT REALTY TRUST IN THE CITY OF FRAMINGHAM.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith the conveyance of a certain parcel of land for vehicle storage purposes in the city of Framingham, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding sections 32 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the department of state police, may convey to the Claremont Realty Trust for vehicle storage purposes a certain parcel of land as described in a deed recorded with the Middlesex south registry of deeds at book 1321, page 133 and shown as “Lease Area” on a plan entitled “Lease Area Sketch in Framingham, Mass.”, dated November 17, 2010, prepared by Metrowest Engineering, Inc, which is to be recorded with the Middlesex south registry of deeds. The parcel contains approximately 0.17 acres. The conveyance shall be subject to such additional conditions and restrictions as the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the department of state police, may determine.

SECTION 2.  An independent appraisal or appraisals of the fair market value and value in use of the parcel described in section 1 shall be prepared in accordance with the usual and customary professional appraisal practices by a qualified appraiser commissioned by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. The commissioner shall submit the appraisals to the inspector general for review and comment. The inspector general shall review and approve the appraisals and the review shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for the appraisals. The inspector general shall prepare a report and file the report with the commissioner. After receiving the report, the commissioner shall submit copies of the report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight not later than 15 days prior to the execution of documents affecting the conveyance authorized in said section 1.

SECTION 3.  The consideration for the conveyance of the parcel or interests described in section 1 shall be the: (i) full and fair market value or the value in proposed use, whichever is greater, as determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance pursuant to section 2; or (ii) transfer to the division of capital asset management and maintenance of an interest in land or funding for the acquisition of land or an interest therein equal to or greater than the value of the highest appraised value as determined pursuant to said section 2 or any combination of land, an interest in land or funding that is acceptable to the division. If the Claremont Realty Trust proposes to convey land or an interest in land to the commonwealth, the commissioner shall include the land or interest in land within the appraisal assignment under said section 2. The land or interest in land shall be acceptable to the department of state police. Any land or interest in land, whether conveyed by the Claremont Realty Trust or acquired by the department of state police, shall be permanently held and managed for purposes designated by the department of state police. If the value of the land or interest in land being conveyed to the commonwealth exceeds the appraised values determined pursuant to said section 2, the commonwealth shall have no obligation to pay the difference to the Claremont Realty Trust. Any monetary payments made to the commonwealth as a result of the conveyance authorized by this act shall be deposited into the General Fund established in section 2 of chapter 29 of the General Laws.

SECTION 4.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Claremont Realty Trust shall be responsible for all costs and expenses of any transaction authorized by this act as determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, including, but not limited to, the costs of any engineering, surveys, appraisals, title examinations, recording fees and deed preparation.

SECTION 5.  No instrument executed pursuant to this act shall be valid unless it provides that the area conveyed shall be used solely for the purposes described in section 1. The instrument authorized in said section 1 shall include a reversionary clause that stipulates the property shall revert to the commonwealth and be assigned to the care, custody and control of the department of state police, upon such terms and conditions as the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may determine, if the property ceases to be used for the express purposes authorized in this act. If any interest reverts to the commonwealth, any further disposition shall be subject to sections 34 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws and the prior approval of the general court.

Approved, January 20, 2022.